Sophomore forward Kayla Ceschini (Miller Place, N.Y. / Miller Place) and senior forward Karly DeSimone (Clifton Park ,N.Y. / Shendendehowa) scored in the opening 18 minutes as Oneonta State downed host SUNY Potsdam 4-0 in a SUNYAC women's soccer match on Saturday afternoon at Maxcy Turf Field.
The Red Dragons (6-3-3 overall, 3-0-3 SUNYAC) padded their lead with two extra goals in the second half. Sophomore Liz Lasota (Cutchogue, N.Y. / Mattituck) headed in a goal off a lofty corner kick pass from senior Amanda Regensburger (Selden, N.Y. / Newfield) and then DeSimone racked up her second goal of the day inside the crease in the 74th minute.
DeSimone has had a major impact in this series. She also scored two goals in an identical 4-0 win in last season's meeting with Potsdam.
The Bears (5-7-1 overall, 2-3 SUNYAC) were on the defensive for the majority of the first half and got outshot 7-1 with freshman forward Hailey Hollenbeck (Hudson, N.Y. / Hudson) firing the lone shot attempt for Potsdam. Oneonta closed with advantages of 19-5 on shot attempts and 8-0 on corner kicks.
Red Dragons' sophomore keeper Rori Stark (Brewster, N.Y. / Brewster) played 70:30 of clean soccer before handing it over to Becky Fildes (Red Hook, N.Y. / Red Hook) who helped complete the shutout. Stark improved to 3-1-3.
In the second half, the Bears picked up their intensity enough to get a couple of shots on goal. Their best looks came from sophomore defender Summer Bader (Atlanta, Ga. / Lakeside) and substitute forward Ally Blazey (Palmyra, N.Y. / Pal-Mac).
Freshman goal keeper Lauren Haase (Williamsville, N.Y. / Williamsville South) played the first 22:50 of the match and earned a save before giving way to senior Lisa Bates (Galway, N.Y. / Galway) who saw her first action in goal for the season. Bates made five saves in 67:10 in her debut. Haase was saddled with the loss and dropped to 1-2.
Potsdam will be back in action Friday 3 p.m. at Fredonia in a SUNYAC match. The Bears will not return home until Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. when it will face SUNY Geneseo in another conference battle.